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Sohaila Ahmed, Staff Reporter
The Dubai Public Prosecution referred a 21-year-old Asian visitor to court for trafficking over a kilogramme of heroin hidden in tea bags into the UAE.
Official records indicate that a switched-on customs officer suspected the defendant's moves the moment he arrived at the security-check area.
The excessive weight of the defendant’s bag made the official suspicious and he immediately ordered for a search.
After searching the bag, the officer found black plastic bags filled with a brown substance wrapped carefully inside three tea bags.
The brown substance was later identified as heroin.
Accordingly, the defendant was immediately transferred to the Dubai Police’s Anti-Narcotic Department, where he was detained and referred to the criminal court.
The suspects had been put under surveillance after the Anti-Narcotics Department at the Dubai Police had received verified information about two persons belonging to an overseas gang peddling in drugs possessing a large quantity of drugs.
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